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Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrates Birthday

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Another major North Carolina landmark is readying to celebrate a birthday. Just as the 75th anniversary of the Great Smokies National Park is wrapping up, the 75th birthday for the Blue Ridge Parkway is getting started.

A symbolic passing of the torch, from the Smokies Superintendent to the Parkway Superintendent takes place on Friday. “We’ll have elders from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and youth from the Cherokee Youth Council who will also pass the torch as a way to demonstrate everyone’s obligation to be stewards of this wonderful natural resource,” said Elizabeth Sims spokesperson for the Blue Ridge Parkway 75.

The event will also include Cherokee tribal music and dance. The parkway winds its way through North Carolina and Virginia connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

National Parks Offer Free Admission this Weekend

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – A walk in the park is free this weekend! Everyone is invited to national parks across the country for the second of three free admission summer weekends.

All 391 national parks will offer free admission this Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, and again on August 15-16. Many park partners, including tour operators, hotels, restaurants, and gift shops, will provide discounts and special promotions to sweeten the deal. Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm for more information. Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions are not affected by the entrance fee waiver.

“During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of these free admittance weekends.”

Dan Wenk, acting Director of the National Park Service, said, “Most Americans live within a few hours’ drive of a national park, and free entrance weekends offer the perfect chance to visit an old favorite or to discover and explore a new place.”

There are 147 parks that normally charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. But here’s a tip – 244 national parks do not charge entrance fees, so you can plan inexpensive visits year round!

To plan your national park adventure visit www.nps.gov, and mark your calendar for the next fee-free weekend, August 15-16. For a list of family fun activities this summer visit http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/parks2009/index.htm. Or take a look at the weekly feature Experience America’s Best Idea This Summer: National Park Getaways at http://www.nps.gov/getaways/

Woodfin Park Renovation Wins Recognition

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Town of Woodfin

WOODFIN, NC – The Town of Woodfin has received national recognition for their renovation of the Roy Pope Memorial Park. In the summer of 2007 the Town of Woodfin in partnership with the King family began the renovation of the playground area of the park and launched Avery’s Little Corner on September 1, 2007. This month the Town and the King family were recognized for their work in an article in Parks and Recreation Magazine the official magazine of the National Recreation and Parks.

In an article titled Playgrounds Revived, the association recognized the revival of the Woodfin park along with similar revitalization efforts in Atlanta, GA and Richmond, VA. "Obviously we’re pleased to see that the restoration of this park has been acknowledged nationally, but the real testament to its success is the sight of so many children and families coming together here on a daily basis. That is the real success," commented Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun.

The park was renovated through a combination of donations to the Avery King Foundation, direct private contributions, and Woodfin tax dollars. "We see this as a perfect example of public private partnership. The Kings have erected a lasting memorial to Avery and people from all over have a perfect environment to come together and appreciate the gift of family and fun," said Woodfin Town Administrator Jason Young.

Avery’s Little Corner is located in the Roy Pope Memorial Park and is located at 90 Elk Mountain Road in Woodfin, directly behind Town Hall. It is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM. It has bathrooms, a picnic shelter, a walking trail and a wide variety of play equipment. Dogs are not permitted at the Roy Pope Memorial Park but are accommodated at Woodfin Riverside Park. The picnic shelter is available for reservation on a first come first served basis.

The Parks and Recreation Magazine article can be found at: Woodfin Article

Asheville Parks and Recreation Offers New Arts Programs at W.C. Reid Center

Monday, March 9th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is offering four exciting new after-school programs for young people in grades K-12. Programs in moviemaking, improvisational theatre, and clay workshops are offered at the W.C. Reid Center for Cultural Arts located at 133 Livingston Street in Asheville.

Young people will work with six arts professionals to create unique stories in trend-setting, creative, and interactive programs including the "Reid Center Moviemakers", "Playback Theatre: Heroic Choices" and K-5 theatre and clay programs. All of the programs will collaborate, providing source materials, ideas, and energy to each other.

Program schedule:

  • Reid Center Moviemakers (Teens): 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Friday
  • PlayBack Theatre – Heroic Choices (Teens): 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays
  • Clay Workshop 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays
  • K-5 Theatre (K-5): 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays

These programs are inspiring, fun, informative, and unlike anything else available through the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in the City of Asheville. Young people who want to explore their creative energies and personal stories will find a unique outlet in these programs.

Registration is required. For information and registration, contact the W.C. Reid Center at (828) 350-2048 or [email protected]